Filipino Game Show ‘Wows' Hawaii Fans

Dea Altura
Dea Altura
Mjay Mose
Mjay Mose
Willie Revillame
Willie Revillame

AIEA (KHNL)  --   It's part game show, part entertainment.  It's the Filipino version of NBC's hit game show "Deal or No Deal."   "Wowowee" is the most popular game in the Philippines, and it's taken its act on the road making a stop here in Hawaii Saturday evening.

It was supposed to start at 7 pm, but didn't get going until almost 9 pm.  Rain and some technical difficulties slowed things down, but nothing could dampen the fans' spirits.

Aloha Stadium is the only place to be if you're a fan of "Wowowee."

"Proud to be Pinoy!" said Marie Gazman, a fan who flew over from Lahaina, Maui.

"This time mostly Filipino. I think all Filipinos in Hawaii are here," said Myrna Pasicaran, a fan from Waipahu.

Dea Altura came all the way from Batesville, Mississippi, just to see the show.

"I've heard of (show host) Willie (Revillame) way back in the Philippines," she said.  "And I just wanted to see him and I wasn't able to see him in the Philippines, so here's my chance."

Inside, fans couldn't wait for the show to begin.

"The girls, the dancers," said 18-year-old fan Mjay Mose, from Halawa Heights.  "You got to know about the dancers and Willie."

Rain and technical problems delayed the show by almost two hours, but once it started, fans forgot about how long they waited.

"Feel good being Filipino," said Mose. "This is the best!"

"You feel proud?" asked KHNL.

"Very proud!" said Mose.  "Filipino! Flipside!"

And host Willie Revillame appreciates his fans in Hawaii.

"I love you so much," he said.  "We're here to give you happiness, fun and most especially from the heart, we love you all."

The concert was still going strong close to 11 pm Saturday evening.  Approximately 9,000 tickets were pre-sold.  But promoters estimate at least 20,000 fans came to see the show.